Victoria Max-Theurer Takes 2nd Grand Prix at Schindlhof CDI4*, USA’s Steffen Peters 2nd, Tina Konyot 3rd

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Celebratng the placings in the Schindlhof CDI4* Grad Prix -- Tina Konyot on Calecto V (3rd), Steffen Peters on Legolas (2nd) and Victoria Max-Theurer on Augustin (1st). © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Celebrating the placings in the Schindlhof CDI4* Grad Prix — Tina Konyot on Calecto V (3rd), Steffen Peters on Legolas (2nd) and Victoria Max-Theurer on Augustin (1st). © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

FRITZENS, Austria, July 5, 2014–Victoria Max-Theurer rode Augustin OLD for the second straight Grand Prix victory for Austria’s triple Olympian at the Schindlhof CDI4* Saturday, with Americans Steffen Peters on Legolas placing second and Tina Konyot on Calecto V third.

The partnership of Vici and the 14-year-old Oldenburg stallion that competed in the London Olympics and three European Championships scored 76.180 per cent. A day earlier, the 28-year-old rider won the Grand Prix to qualify for the Special aboard Blind Date.

“I was so proud especially to finish ahead of Steffen Peters,” said the Austrian champion referring to the United States title that was won by Steffen and Legolas.

Victoria Max-Theurer and Augustin OLD in the Schindlhof CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Victoria Max-Theurer and Augustin OLD in the Schindlhof CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Steffen of San Diego, California and the 12-year-old Westfalen gelding scored 75.340 per cent while Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida and were on 72.600 per cent.

The result for Steffen and Legolas was the highest outside California since the pair began competing the horse in February 2012. Since then, they have competed in eight shows in California, two in Florida and two in Germany, including the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen.where the pair will compete again on the American team in 10 days.

Steffen said Legolas showed more expression, better extensions and wonderful pirouettes as well as very good piaffe and passage that overall produced a good test.

Steffen Peters and Legolas  producing their best result outside California.  2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Steffen Peters and Legolas producing their best result outside California. 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

He disclosed that his left leg cramped and he didn’t have enough strength for the first change and lasted through the half-pass zig zag.

“It got better after that and I was able to relax the left leg in time for the one-tempis,” he said.

“It comes from not eating enough bananas and potassium.”

Also, at the elevation of the show grounds–2,300 feet (700m)–it’s difficult to get enough oxygen to the muscles when you’ve been living and competing at sea level.

“I consider myself very fit,” he said. “But this year I’ll be 50 so I have to work on my fitness even more.”

Johan Hinnemann who coaches Steffen joked that an issue was Steffen’s poor mathematics, not counting correctly, that he blames on his wife, Gisela. She was Steffen’s math teacher in high school.

“I don’t think you can blame it on her,” Steffen said, “she knew I was a terrible student.”

Calecto V, ridden by Tina Konyot, back in good health after a lung infection. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news,com
Calecto V, ridden by Tina Konyot, back in good health after a lung infection. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news,com

For Tina and the Danish Warmblood black stallion who is 16 years old and trying out for their second world championships and that included riding on the U.S. team at the 2012 Olympics the result was a return to high performance levels.

Calecto developed a lung infection while in Europe for the World Cup Final in April and it was not diagnosed until after the national championships two months later. It has been treated, she said, and Calecto is back in top form.

Adrienne Lyle and Wizard competing in the Grand Prix, scoring 68.640 per cent for fifth place. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adrienne Lyle and Wizard competing in the Grand Prix, scoring 68.640 per cent for fifth place. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Grand Prix for Freestyle

Placed competitors (E) (H) (C) (M) (B) Total
 
1. 2 Augustin OLD Max-Theurer, Victoria AUT 2200.00 EUR 377.0 381.0 392.0 387.0 367.5 1904.5 points show score sheet
B 14-j.H v.August der Starke/M.v.Rohdiamant/OLD/AUT05018/B: Max-Theurer,Victoria 75.400 % 76.200 % 78.400 % 77.400 % 73.500 % 76.180 %
2. 1. 1. 1. 2.
 
2. 37 Legolas Peters, Steffen USA 1400.00 EUR 378.0 374.5 377.5 373.5 380.0 1883.5 points show score sheet
B 12-j.W v.Laomedon/M.v.Florestan II/WESTF/103KZ88/B: Four Winds Farm Llc 75.600 % 74.900 % 75.500 % 74.700 % 76.000 % 75.340 %
1. 2. 2. 3. 1.
 
3. 7 Calecto V Konyot, Tina USA 1000.00 EUR 360.5 359.0 362.0 376.0 357.5 1815.0 points show score sheet
B 16-j.H v.Come Back II/M.v.Rastell/DWB/USA41206/B: Tina Konyot 72.100 % 71.800 % 72.400 % 75.200 % 71.500 % 72.600 %
3. 3. 3. 2. 3.
 
4. 34 Kaiserkult TSF Schneider, Dorothee GER 800.00 EUR 353.5 351.0 355.0 346.5 340.0 1746.0 points show score sheet
DB 16-j.H v.Van Deyk/M.v.Gajus/TRAK./GER28230/B: Schneider,Dorothee 70.700 % 70.200 % 71.000 % 69.300 % 68.000 % 69.840 %
4. 4. 4. 5. 7.
 
5. 76 Wizard Lyle, Adrienne USA 500.00 EUR 334.0 336.5 351.0 351.0 343.5 1716.0 points show score sheet
B 15-j.W v.Weltmeyer/M.v.Classiker/OLD/USA10585/B: Peggy Thomas 66.800 % 67.300 % 70.200 % 70.200 % 68.700 % 68.640 %
8. 6. 5. 4. 4.
 
6. 63 Spirit of the Age OLD Brune, Bernadette GER 400.00 EUR 338.5 336.0 344.5 343.5 343.5 1706.0 points show score sheet
DB 10-j.H v.Stedinger/M.v.Donnerhall/OLD/103PE45/B: Brune, Bernadette 67.700 % 67.200 % 68.900 % 68.700 % 68.700 % 68.240 %
5. 7. 6. 6. 4.
 
7. 20 Dorina Haim-Swarovski, Evelyn AUT 300.00 EUR 337.5 343.0 340.0 338.5 340.0 1699.0 points show score sheet
B 12-j.S v.Blue Hors Don Schufro/M.v.Ragtime/DWB/102QL22/B: Evelyn Haim-Swarovski 67.500 % 68.600 % 68.000 % 67.700 % 68.000 % 67.960 %
6. 5. 7. 8. 7.
 
8. 19 Don Androsso Birkenholz, Katharina GER 300.00 EUR 333.5 323.0 339.5 339.0 340.5 1675.5 points show score sheet
F 15-j.W v.Donnerschlag/M.v.Akzent II/WÜRTT/GER42209/B: Birkenholz,Katharina 66.700 % 64.600 % 67.900 % 67.800 % 68.100 % 67.020 %
9. 9. 9. 7. 6.
 
9. 25 Fantomas IV Weihermüller, Stefanie GER 300.00 EUR 326.0 315.5 340.0 330.5 328.0 1640.0 points show score sheet
F 16-j.W v.Florestan I/M.v.Pilot/WESTF/SUI09173/B: Weihermüller Dr.,Michael 65.200 % 63.100 % 68.000 % 66.100 % 65.600 % 65.600 %
11. 11. 7. 9. 9.
 
10. 9 Companero Kaldewei, Maria GER 300.00 EUR 336.5 307.0 334.0 329.0 322.5 1629.0 points show score sheet
F 16-j.W v.Carbid/M.v.World Cup I/HANN/102NS94/B: Kaldewei,Maria 67.300 % 61.400 % 66.800 % 65.800 % 64.500 % 65.160 %
7. 13. 10. 10. 11.
 
Other, non-placed competitors
 
11. 40 Louisa Oatley, Kristy AUS 319.0 307.0 325.0 324.0 324.5 1599.5 points show score sheet
F 11-j.S v.Londonderry/M.v.Lemon Park/HANN/GER46306/B: Oatley, Kristy 63.800 % 61.400 % 65.000 % 64.800 % 64.900 % 63.980 %
12. 13. 13. 12. 10.
 
12. 10 Corado Kempkes, Matthias GER 312.5 323.5 329.5 326.0 303.5 1595.0 points show score sheet
B 17-j.W v.Caracol/M.v.Lombard/WESTF/GER40828/B: Kempkes, Matthias 62.500 % 64.700 % 65.900 % 65.200 % 60.700 % 63.800 %
15. 8. 12. 11. 14.
 
13. 78 Wolkenritter Hartung, Amanda AUT 327.0 318.5 330.5 307.0 309.0 1592.0 points show score sheet
F 12-j.H v.Wolkentanz/M.v.Hitchcock/HANN/103HD27/B: Amanda Hartung 65.400 % 63.700 % 66.100 % 61.400 % 61.800 % 63.680 %
10. 10. 11. 15. 13.
 
14. 36 Lanciero Al Shaer, Diana RUS 316.5 311.5 311.0 317.5 310.5 1567.0 points show score sheet
B 17-j.H v.Lancer II/M.v.Johanniter/RHLD/102MF55/B: Al Shaer, Diana 63.300 % 62.300 % 62.200 % 63.500 % 62.100 % 62.680 %
14. 12. 15. 13. 12.
 
15. 43 Prego Vaughan, Joanne GEO 317.5 302.5 321.5 309.0 300.5 1551.0 points show score sheet
F 17-j.H v.Zazou/M.v.Ulft/KWPN/NED08036/B: Joanne Vaughan 63.500 % 60.500 % 64.300 % 61.800 % 60.100 % 62.040 %
13. 15. 14. 14. 15.
 

 

Data of competition:
 
 Judges: (E)  E.Koffmahn (AUT)  Total prize money:
€7500
(H)  Dr.W.Markowski (POL)
(C)  Dr.E.Eisenhardt (GER)
(M)  I.Judet (FRA)
(B)  A.Gribbons (USA)